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1 he updated look and teel of this edition of Bryan Life heralds the optimism that pervades the Bryan
community. Optimism that looks forward to our next 75 years as we celebrate our first 75 years of faithfulness
to our mission of educating students to be servant-leaders in Christ's Kingdom. During Heritage Week, March
14-16, we will begin our celebration with the formal naming ceremony of our administration building,
now Mercer Hall, honoring our beloved fourth president from 1956-1986, Dr. Theodore C. Mercer, and culmi-
nate with numerous activities during Heritage Week in 2006,
The fresh design of Bryan Life conveys the idea of Faithful Brilliance— cherishing our past and portending our
bright future. Perhaps diere is no greater accolade given to a Christian-or a Christian college-than that we remain
faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ and to His word. Our biblical theme of "Christ Above All" aptly portrays our
belief ih at it is impossible to please out Lord without living a life of faith in Him who is our Creator, Redeemer,
and Susrainer, Bryan has also remained faithful to the vision not only of William Jennings Bryan, bur also to
those founders who in 1930 desired a college that would elevate the inerrant Scripture as the sole authorirv for
all life and learning.
As the only true light in a darkened world. Christians are to be light bearers of Jesus Christ, reflecting
His Brilliance through our desires, our minds, and our service. Brilliance also speaks to the excellence of our
students academic experience, students who are in every vocation prepared in mind and spirit to provide
leadership in addressing the cultural issues of our day with the claims of Christ. Bryan is positioned for our new
75 years to be a beacon of light within Christian higher education, providing leadership throughout the academy
tor scholarly education with a biblical foundation.
This scholarly, biblically premised education enabling our students to engage our culture for Christ is the
overarching theme of our new Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice. The Bryan Center commences
this semester with its first public series of seminars in April under the leadership of Dr. Charles Van Eaton.
Through the presentation ot four seminars annually, the Center will enable our academic departments on a
regular multi-year basis to discuss in depth a relevant cultural issue of significance stemming from their own
disciplines. Each seminar will feature prominent national scholars able to address that issue from biblical
perspectives, providing for Bryan students opportunity to gain understanding and to think critically regarding
issues within and beyond their chosen majors.
Included in this edition of Bryan Life is the inaugural publication from the Bryan Center, Illumine, with
a feature article by our own director and scholar. Dr. Van Eaton. We have chosen the name of Illumine to reflect
our belief that the only way any of us can hope to gain understanding and a light to our paths is through the
light that comes from Jesus Christ, Illumines theme verse. Psalm 36:9, states, "For with You is the fountain of life;
hi Your light we see. light," All of our academic endeavors should proceed from this light and enable our
students to provide lighr for addressing the issues of our day.
We know from Scripture that God desires to accomplish great and mighty things which our minds cannot
imagine, and for Bryan College, it is my firm conviction that He will do so as we prepare our hearts for
evangelism, prepare our minds tor engaging all of culture with His truth, and prepare our lives as fit vessels
for His service. I know you will enjoy this edition of Bryan Life and will join with all of us on campus as we
begin celeb raring our IS 1 ^ birrhday!
critical thought and
As Bryan College prepares to celebrate 75 years of service
to students, the vision for the college to make a difference
in today's world -as an institution, not simply through
the work of its alumni— is taking shape in the form of the
new Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice.
Through its history .mJ with the commitment of its alumni, the college has demoosttated
its commitment to be a highly ranked, nationally competitive college that puts "Christ
Above All." Again and again, Bryan students have demonstrated their academic achievement.
Bryan alumni have shown a commitment to making a difference, and in quiet ways the
world has been impacted by the institution. But we believe the time is right to take a more
prominent position in rhe marketplace of ideas.
The Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice will focus on developing exciting
academic seminars in which scholars who are Believers and who compete at the highest levels
of scholarly inquiry will speak on topics that are at the center of critical national issues.
Topics we expect to address include the federal judicial system, education, taxation, science
the fine arts, and a wide range of other critical concerns.
This is a unique opportunity for a
Christian liberal arrs college that is committed
to rigorous academic training. The Bryan
Center will be a vehicle that presents the
power residing in its students and faculty
to a wider audience both nationally and
i'iui nationally. It is not a power that resc*.
in man but a power that comes from God.
All members ot the Bryan family believe
that God has not given us a "Spirit of
timidity, but a Spirit of power, love, and
self-discipline." Our students need to see
that when the) leave this campus, they
will be going into a world where God has
placed His servants; diar the}' will be carrying
on works which He has begun; and, by
His grace, they will be doing greater works
<n the future.
At the same time, the Bryan Center will coordinate and promote several college
programs that exist to address such contemporaty issues. These current programs include
Summit Ministries; The Center for Law and Government and its Foundations Forum;
the Center for Origins Research; and the Myers Leadership Training Institute. In addition
to these established activities, new programs will be developed in public policy and
classical studies. Because Bryan is a college in which teaching and learning are rooted in
the classical sense of the true liberal arts — -those studies suitable for the free man — all these
programs will work together to expand and strengthen the academic and spiritual ministry
of Bryan College both internally and externally.
The Center will open the Bryan ministry to a wider world of friends, supporter-,,
and individuals— including elementary and secondary school teachers and academics from
institutions of higher learning from all parts of the nation — through a series of four
three-day seminars each academic year. These programs will bring prominent scholars to
disLiiss various aspects of the seminar's topic and interact with our students and individuals
who come from off-camptis for the lectures.
The first seminar of the 2004-05 academic year is scheduled for April 17-19, and will
focus on the topic "The Natural I,aw: Is the Declaration in the Constitution?" This seminar
will feature nationally recognized scholars such as Douglas Kmiec of Pepperdine University,
Thomas West of the University of Dallas, F. Russell Hictinger of the University of Tulsa,
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Peter Lawler of Berry College, and Colleen Sheehan of Villanova University as presenters. This topic
is critical to understanding how our current system of governance works, particularly as we face the
critical question of the roie of the federal judicial system in many of the critical issues — especially
critical moral issues facing our nation.
Students and faculty will have ample opportunity to interact with seminar speakers in the question -
and-answer period at the end of each presentation as well as in a reception at the end of each session.
Our invited scholars also will have the opportunity to speak in classes at the invitation of Bryan professors
so that students will be able to meet and share ideas with our invited guests.
Other seminars are being planned for September and October 2005, and February and March
2006. The following are possible topics:
'W^aJJUmjuo- tAj3-iUJU<L How does a secular culture
impact the way Christians understand the world?
This is a central part of Bryan's current Summit
VoJtutAs t&cvtaJsLfrtts Does modem secular education
produce "Men Without Chests?" The Bryan College
All of the seminars will be given wide
publicity not only in the immediate Bryan
community, but across the nation as well.
Selected papers from each seminar will
be printed and distributed to a national
audience through a new bi-monthly Bryan
publication bearing the title Illumine.
Department of Education will take the lead in this area The inspiration for this tide is the Word
of critical thought and practice.
\LAmi- &mj&* tL-trtMAjnAsrUU, "The Law and Being
Human." In this topic area, under the guidance of Bryan's
Center for Law and Government, speakers will address
such issues as cloning, abortion, "gay rights," and
capital punishment vs. "rehabilitation" — all topics
that are currently part of legal and legislative debates.
W£AAAJL> tdlu/LAAjufrns uns iA*- pAAjynAAjti,
Ounjol dJLA&nJldtAjLi, aAJxJ^iA^ In this seminar,
critical analysis will be made of the systems now
operating to examine the impact they have on both
the physical and spiritual health of young people.
Again, the Education and Athletics departments
will develop critical issue topics and plan for expert
scholars and teachers to speak.
of God found in Psalm 36:9, "For with
you is the fountain of life; in your light
we see light."
Bryan College has a powerful faculty
and outstanding students. Consequently,
faculty and students, not the director of
rhe Bryan Center, will develop the topics
that the seminars will examine. The common
denominaror across all these seminars is
that all these topics will be examined from
a rigorous academic perspective within the
overriding context of complete confidence
in the knowledge that out Lord is indeed
the "Way the Truth, and the Life."
CuaZcaZ Xli6u4JvC~*n*t4A7a4 J 6<Jlu£jL i/uAtJu>JL p/LQJtXZxj, . Another facet of the
Bryan Center will be development of the new William Jennings Center for Public Policy.
The William Jennings Bryan Center for Public Policy will focus on the study of economics
and politics in the Light of the One Who gives light so that all members of the Bryan
community, both internal and external, may come to a deeper understanding of the national
and international issues of the day. Our goal will be to help educate those who must make
public policy so policies that extend human liberty and promote righteousness and justice prevail.
This step is only a natural outgrowth of the vision of the College's namesake, statesman
William Jennings Bryan. Mr, Bryan believed that a government should exist to benefit its
citizens, and that there is strength in an informed citizenry. The William Jennings Bryan
Centet tor Public Policy will endeavor to prepare students and others to take the Christian
worldview that Mr. Bryan espoused, and the College teaches, and translate it into action
in the public arena.
The Bryan family believes with full confidence chat "Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people." The Center for Public Policy as part of the Bryan Center
for Critical Thought and Practice will report the best in policy research in the form of
scholarly papers and opinion pieces submitted to national media. These scholarly activities
will help improve public understanding of critical government and business policy issues
and bring awareness of Bryan College to a national audience.
The Center for Critical Thought and
Practice, working with faculty, will be active
in the development oi innovative undci-
graduate programs in Classical Studies and
Worldview Studies, Both will be multi-
disciplinary and both will embrace and
sttengchen the essential liberal arts.
Using all the scholarly resources already
in place at Bryan, and teaching out to tap
the solid scholarship that is available in the
wider Christian community, the Bryan
Center for Critical Thought and Practice
will function to support the best in Christian
thought and practice. The goal is to strengthen
our srudenrs as they enter the world of
witness and combat, expand our services
to friends and supporters, and teli the Bryan
College story to a widet world beyond the
presenr Bryan Co mm unity. &&,
Dr. Charles Van Eaton is Bryan's distinguished professor at
large and director of the Bryan Center for Critical Thought
and Practice. Before coming to Bryan, Dr. Van Eaton was
professor of public policy at Pepperdine University's School
of Public Policy, and served as the Everett McCabe/UPS
Professor of Economics and chairman of the economics and
business division at Hillsdale College. He has had more than
1,200 columns published in more than 200 newspapers,
and is in constant demand as a conference and civic speaker.
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Bryan College will take
a look back and a look ahead
as it commemorates 75 years of
offering a quality Christ -centered education in Dayton.
The year-long celebration will officially begin
during Heritage Week, March 1 4-16, with lectures
on the educational and theological ideas of American
statesman and orator William Jennings Bryan, and
will conclude with graduation on May 6, 2006.
Dr. Richard Cornelius, '55, co-chairman of
the anniversary planning committee, said, "God
has led and sustained Bryan College in numerous
ways since its beginnings after the Scopes Trial.
Starting in the fall of 2003, the anniversary
planning committee has been working to
provide comprehensive and varied activities that
celebrate Gods faithfulness and recognize the
contribution of the college and its alumni to the
Southeast Tennessee community and the world."
One of the highlights ot the anniversary year
will be dedication of a statue of William Jennings
Bryan, to be erected on the Rhea County Courthouse
lawn in Dayton, during Homecoming 2005.
The statue, by Chattanooga artist Cessna Decosimo,
will depict Bryan at the beginning of his public
career, unlike the three other statues of "The
"This statue will be a gift from the college
to the community," Dr. Cornelius said. "Bryan
College is in Dayton because of William Jennings
Bryan's participation in the Scopes Trial and his
wish that a school be started here to teach the
libera] arts from a Biblical perspective. The people
of Rhea County, along with many others, helped
make the college possible, and we hope to
demonstrate our appreciation to them in
this special way,"
One project that preceded the fotmal
anniversary observance was publication of
a 75th anniversary Bible, inrroduced during
Homecoming 2004. The Bible, a NASB
Open Bible Edition, has an eight-page color
supplement with a brief history, pictures,
and other information about the college.
To order a copy, please see an advertisement
elsewhere in this edition of Bryan Life.
The formal annivetsary kickoff during
Heritage Week this March will be lectures
by Dr. Ken Epp, former Bryan vice president
for student services. Dr. Epp wrote his doctoral dissertation on the impact of Bryan's
religious views upon his educational ideas and will share insights from his research,
During Heritage Week, the college will have a program to commemorate rhe
naming of the Administration Building in honor of Dr. Theodore C. Mercer, Bryan's
fourth president. Dr. Mercer served from 1956 to 1986, a period of significant physical and
institutional growth. This past fall, the board of trusrees agreed to this way of honoring his
leadership and conrriburion to the college and the community. Another feature of Heritage
Week will be the unveiling of a painting by Susan Cassidy Wilhoit of current and hisroric
The celebration year will climax with a national symposium on the Scopes Trial,
featuring three Bryan faculty, three alumni, and seven other experts, including historian
Edward J. Larson, who won rhe 1 998 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book Summer for the
Gods. Speakers will examine the legal, historical,
educational, litetary, religious, and scientific
ramifications of the trial, d^fc
• regional accreditation T
Biyan College received reaffirmation of its regional accreditation by
the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools (SACS) during the association's December meeting in Atlanta.
Bryan College received reaffirmation of its regional accreditation by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) during the associations
meeting in Atlanta in December.
Bryan Presidenr Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said the colleges SACS representative was
particularly impressed with Bryan's institutional effectiveness program and that "everybody
on campus knows about the college mission, understands die college mission, and is enthusiastic
about the college mission."
Dr. Livesay said, "This reaffirmation indicates the quality of our academic programs
and die commitment which we have to carrying out our mission. To have such a clean report,
with no reservations, is unusual for any public or privare universiry in the Southern Association.
"It's refreshing ro see our peers recognize the quality of all our educational programs.
This is strong testimony to the strength of our faculty and the commitment by everyone
on campus to excellence."
He pointed out that during the 1 years since the previous reaccreditation, SACS has
modified its procedures and added criteria. At the same time, the college has maintained
a Top Tier regional ranking in US News & World Report's listing of Americas best colleges.
Announcement of Bryan's reaffirmation of accredi radon comes on the heels of three
other accrediting programs in the past nine months; the Association of Christian Schools
International and the Tennessee Department of Education approved the college's teacher
training program, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
accredited Bryan's athletic training program.
Dr. Livesay said Dean of Instruction
Dr. Ken Froemke and Academic Vice
President Dr. Cal White were instrumental
in preparing for the SACS visit to the campus,
as well as preparing documentation the
In addition to the documentation of
the college's performance, the leadership
team was required to develop a quality
enhancemenr plan. "This is a new aspect
of accreditation," Dr. Froemke said,
"Every college has to show how they plan
to improve their programs. We had a survey
which showed that Bryan needed ro
strengthen two areas — collaborative learning
and field experience learning — so we
developed a proposal to improve those areas.'"
Dr. Livesay said he was particularly
pleased with Bryan's reaffirmation in light
of the fact that SACS changed its procedures
in 2000 and rold rhe college Bryan would
be one of the first to be evaluated under
the new principles. .$"&
lib rary adds
Bryan students will soon have two new areas for study
and relaxation as completion of the Spoede Room and
the Shakespeare garden near.
Library Director Laura Kaufmann said the newly decorated Spoede Room, on the west end of the first
floor of the building, will he a more comfortable space for students to study. "We're working with an
interior decorator to redecorate the room as a cafe-style space, although we won't have a grill." she said.
"We will have club chairs, more comfortable seating, and more ambient lighting to warm up the room
and make it a space where students can relax."
Outside the Spoede Room is located the new Shakespeare garden, which will have benches and
patio furniture for library patrons. "Karen Randen (Bryan's landscaping coordinator) is putting in plants
that are cited in Shakespeare's poetry and plays," Miss Kaufmann said. "The decorative fence and pillars
were designed to complement the architecture of the building."
The improvements were made possible by gifts to honor former history professor Dr. Robert
Spoede and his wife, Nancy Spoede.
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about Bryan College.
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Counter-terrorism typically is not the vocation of choice for a Bryan Bible major, but Klon Kitchen,
'99, finds himself serving the Lord and his country in the highest levels of that field.
What he's doing is working as a countenerrorism advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the
office or the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C.
Klon received his Bible degree in 1999, and married his college sweethearr, Tracy Schultz, '99.
The couple moved to Columbus, Ga., where he taught Bible in a Christian high school for a year.
They decided to move to the Washington, D.C, area and both wound up waiting cables until more
Steady work came along,
"I was on the campus of George Washington University and bumped into a person at the school
of national security," Klon explained. "I told him what I was interested in. He said he worked for a
civilian national defense group and asked if I would be interested. I said, 'Absolutely.' I was there two
years, then was recruited by the Department of Defense out of that job." Since then, Klon has been
sent all over the world for his work, including several months in Afghanistan.
Moving into the field was not as much of a stretch as some might imagine because of the world-
view education he received at Bryan. The Bible faculty "emphasized critical thinking skills, how to go
to the Scriptures and very logically search the whole of Scripture to find what Scripture says about an
issue," he said. "I take the exact same tools of critical thinking and apply them to a new problem set.
I still use inductive and deductive reasoning, analytical reasoning, data mining. I'm taking information
that is disjointed and broken up and tty to make it into a coherent picture."
Klon focuses on the big-picture threat posed by the use of violence to enact political change.
"On a day-to-day basis I deal with different groups, but my customers, primarily the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, are more focused on how we tailor our resources to the broad issue of terrorism."
Many of his colleagues come from well-known institutions, "but at no point have I ever relt
lacking," Klon said. "Bryan's approach co education is holistic. What Bryan teaches isn't just to give
a scope of information; it's teaching people how to live Christian lives, extending beyond the cerebral.
There is encouragement to be consistent, thoughtful, and exploratory."
"Those kinds of things have been used by the Lord to differentiate me from others. I'm someone
who has a reasoned worldview by which I enjoy my job, my friendships, my marriage. Bryan has influenced
all of those things. I don't think [those other schools] influenced anything except academics." 4r%
wm ...at no poin^
have I ever felt
isn't just to
give a scope of
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College seniors may try to convince under-
dassmea that they are special because they have
been around for four years, but those seniots
don't have anything on Bryan's "senior" student.
Charles Thomas turned 85 years old on
Dec. 13, 2004, but you can regularly find him
in chapel or a Bible class, sitting alongside
students a quarter his age.
Mr. Thomas, who lives with his wife, Theda,
in nearby Hixson, Tenn,, is taking Dr. Dan
Wilson's class on the Prison Epistles of the
Apostle Paul. This past school year he took
classes on the Pentateuch and the Poetic Books
of the Old Testament from Dr. David Fouts.
"At my age, you begin to realize it's not
going to be as long as it has been," he said.
"In mv effort to know God better, I decided
to go back to the foundations and start there—
the Pentateuch— then go forward."
Dr. Wilson said Mr. Thomas is a joy to
have in class. "He's sharp as a tack. He speaks
from life experiences, of lessons he has
learned. He boils
things down to a
nutshell-he's a good
one of his classmates,
said that Mr. Thomas
is "a great reminder
that you ate never
too old to keep learning
and that God will bless you in your studies."
His educational journey began some
1 years ago when Mr. Thomas came to a
lecture at the college and was impressed with
the speaker and with the students he met.
"I went home and told my wife about it.
The next lecture, she came with me and she
was equally impressed.''
Several years ago, he and his wife donated
funds for a scholarship
in Biblical Studies.
Last year Mr, Thomas
joined the ranks of
rhe srudent body.
Dr. Wilson said
he and his class have
benefited by having
Mr. Thomas on the
roll. "He's 50 years
older than me. He contributes with reservation
because he doesn't want to dominate. He has
so much to say, so much to teach me. He's
Thete's a reason why U.S. News & World Report calls us one of America's Best Colleges.
For starters, more than half of our students graduated in the top of their class. On campus,
our average class is just 12. And there's one professor for every 14 Bryan students. That
means you're guaranteed individual attention from professors that know and care about ytm.
And, with more than 30 academic programs to choose from, you'll be enlightened both Spiritually
and academically. But don't take our word for it — come see Bryan College for yourself.
We'll light rhe way.
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Three decisions the Bryan Alumnus of the
Year learned from a high school student
formed the foundation for his Homecoming
chapel message Oct. 1 , 2004.
Dr. Tim Kimmel, '72, toid students
that those decisions, outlined in a high school
valedictory address by Darcy Dirks, who later
became Darcy Kimmel, '74x, provide a great
foundation for success in life. "If you make
these decisions right, everything else is
minor, just details."
"The first decision is what is your mission
in life going to be?" He said most people
confuse "mission" with "success," and buy
into a philosophy that says, to be successful,
one must have a lot of money. God, on
the other hand, says that everything physical
eventually will be destroyed. Citing I
1 hessalomans 4: 1 and Philippians 2:1-2,
he said, "Be wisdom-hunters. Spend your
rime here getting information, and turn
it into something that makes a difference.
You need to leave the world a better place
than you found it. But this is just a warm-up.
"Live your life with an attitude of gtace
ind you'll be light years ahead of most people."
The second decision people must make is who will
be their mate. He encouraged the studenrs to "stop trying to find a perfect mate. That
assumes you are perfect. Forget it. You're riot perfect; there is no perfect person. It doesn't
matter who you marry because you won't be married to the same person five years later,
and I'm not talking about divorce. You'll change; you'll lose money, have children, bury your
parents. All of these things will change you."
"Both of you are fragile people. You can
hurt each other and be hurt. [Husbandsl
have to find out where [their wives are weaker
and] live in an understanding way.
"What makes a great mat riage? You're
constantly adjusting to what life throws at
you. That's called grace."
The third decision to make is to decide who
will be your master. "The world is filled with
the mindset of idolatry, but so is the Christian
world. Something that replaces the work of
the Holy Spirit in your life is idolatry We let
our fears, our regrets, run our life. We let
our denomination, even the Bible, become
idols. We must let the Bible change our lives,
not worship it,"
"We are all going to be masteted by
someone. The good oews is that if you make
the right decision on this question. He will
help you answer the other two right."
Stephen and Jane Barnett of Dayton
were named honorary alumni of Bryan
College during Bryan's homecoming
celebration Oct. 2. Dr. Barnett, professor
of natural sciences, has taught at
Bryan for 20 years, and has received
the Outstanding Teacher Award and
served as chairman of the faculty.
Mrs. Barnett sings in the Chattanooga
Choral Arts Society, and is employed
at Chattanooga Christian School.
Dr. and Mrs. Barnett are pictured with
Bryan Trustee G. Michael Smith, right,
who made the presentation
an VAN LIFE
Thoughts of a winter holiday in [he Bahamas bring visions of sun, sand, and the beach,
but for members of the Lady Lions basketball team, their p re-Christmas missions trip
was much more than fun and games.
Coach Mart Bollant and the Lady Lions spent five days and four nights in the
Bahamas on a basketball missions trip just before Christmas. And although they played
basketball, "mission" was central to the experience.
Team members and Coach Bollant spoke in a church on Sunday morning, then
visited two orphanages on Monday and Tuesday between their basketball games.
Coach Bollant said he believes the team members profired from far more than the
lessons they learned on the basketball court. "We played two stronger teams, Concordia
(Austin, Texas), and the Universiry of North Florida," losing both contests. "As a coach,
the biggest thing I wanted was for our girls to be thankful for what we have. I think the
girls went home with a deeper appreciation for their parents and for whar they have.
The trip gave them another taste of missions and of being used by God."
Ministry opporrunities included speaking and attending church on Sunday morning,
where senior English lirerature majot Talor Armstrong spoke about how God has used
basketball in her life to teach her and help her grow spiritually. Coach Bollant rold the
Wilma Rudolph story to illustrate his point that "anything is possible to those who believe."
Talor said the trip was "a life-changing experience, not just life-altering. I have been
looking for direcrion in my life, asking the
Lord, 'What do you want me to do?' It seems
like God said, 'This is what 1 want you to
do.' I felt the Lord showed me I have a heart
Liz Bole, a freshman liberal arts major,
said the trip "was a great idea for team-
building and to minister to people who are
a lor less fortunate. Seeing smiles on the
faces of the kids was the best part."
Getting to know children in the two
orphanages they visited had a great impact
on team members' hearts. "1 could tell the
kids were starved for attention," Liz said.
"They weren't shy; they came right to you.
I could spend time with kids like that the
rest of my life. The Lord has blessed me
to grow up in America, but I learned rhere ^B
are a lot of kids that don't have what we do."
Talor echoed that sentiment. "They loved you from the minute they saw you. The
.lardest thing for me was realizing that I have so much and they have so little, and that
I take what I have for granted."
She said the children even drew out some of her teammates who seem shy in their
college setting. "It was neat to see die shyet girls on the team get out thete and love these
kids, to see everyone running around and laughing so hard. And the coaches were amazing
with the kids. Coach (Cotey) Mullins must have swung kids around forever. And Coach
Bollant was out there giving tips for basketball. They love basketball."
While the players were thrilled to spend quality time with the children they met, they
realized that the effort took a toll on their
performance on the court. "It was like we
gave a piece of our heart (to the children),"
Talor said. "It was hard to go play basketball
after that. They wete not our best games;
we were kind of tired after all that, and
I couldn't get (the children) off my mind.
We didn't play well in either game, but
I feel like our purpose for being there was
met, I felt we learned so much."
Coach Bollant acknowledged the
physical toll spending time at the orphanages
took on his team, but said the true benefit
of the trip was illustrated in one government
official's comment to the tournament
director. "He told the tournament director
what a blessing our team had been to the
people of the Bahamas, and that he hoped
we would come back again. "#<£.
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Jim '56x, and Barbara Pitts are planning
a transition in their ministry at the children's
Haven of Morocco. A new couple has been
chosen to direct the work, and after working
with them tor a year, the Pins plan to move
to Azrou and continue their ministry to
the people of Morocco.
Former faculty mem bet Mary Alice Greider
Branson, who lives with her husband, Cliff,
'59, in Newman Grove, Neb., writes of her
fond memories of the time she and her
husband spent at Bryan. Cliff is pastor
of Rosehill Evangelical Free Church. Their
children are Bryan alumni; Beth Wood
'87, and David Branson '88.
Marge Scholz '68, retired from SIM
Dec. 1, 2004, after more than 34 years of
missionary service. She served in Ethiopia for
25 years and worked as an administrative
assistant in the Chicago area office of SIM's
ethnic focus ministry for the past 9 Vl years.
She lives in Chicago with her 98-year-old
mothet and is very involved in her local church.
Joyce (Buice), '70, and her husband John
Larrabee survived a serious motorbike
accident near their home in Urucurituba,
Brazil, where they serve as independent
missionaries. She is recovering from injuries
ro her face and curs and scrapes on the front
of her body. She and John are rejoicing that
five students at the school where they serve
accepted Christ as savior after the accident.
Steve Strauss, '76, spent much of 2004
teaching and speaking at four schools in
Ethiopia and the United States. He taught
Chrisrology ar rhe Ethiopian Graduate
School of Theology, spoke at the missions
conference at Dallas Theological Seminary,
taught ctoss-cultural theology at Tr iniry
International Univetsity, and theology of
missions at Midwest Theological Seminary.
Connie (Peacock), '76, Blanton writes
that the "Fearsome Four" of the 1972-73
school year had theit own reunion in June
when Debbie (Dowdy), '76x, Brown 's
daughter was married. Connie; Debbie;
Carol (McKemy), '75, Trail; and
Debbie (Bowman), '76x, Morris enjoyed
catching up with each other as they
celebrated with Connie.
Carl "Skip" Cline, '77, tetired from the
Coral Springs, Fla., police department on
Sept. 2 of last year, and moved back to
his home in Ohio. While with the police
department, he earned 17 departmental awards
and numerous letters of appreciation from
the citizens of Coral Springs. He was head
of the hostage negotiation team and a field
training officer. Skips new address is 1000
Laurelwood Rd., Mansfield, OH 44907.
Charlie, V9, and Sharon (Woychuk),
'81, Goodman and family have returned
to the States for 14 months of home
assignment. They are living in Knoxville,
Term., after serving the past five years in Spain.
Mark, '80, and Candy Garrett were
able to return to the States from Senegal
for vacation and for Candy's brother's
wedding in July. They have been working
with SIM's radio program, The Way of
Righreousness, seeking to interest listeners
in further study of the Gospel.
Nancy (Addleton), '81, White recendy
passed the Board of Governors Examination
in Healthcare Management, which means
she is board certified in healthcare manage-
ment and a Diplomat of the American
College of Healthcare Executives. She
is director of senior health services and
government relations at Coliseum Health
System in Macon, Ga.
Carin (Chapman), '82, Utt and her
husband. Rick, anticipate adopting their
roster child, Angelina, eatly in 2005. After
she graduated from Bryan, Carin became
a Miami Dolphins cheerleader in 1991, met
her husband when she was interviewed on
a radio show, won the Mts. Florida tide in
1994, and home schooled het youngest
stepson for three years. In 2000, she founded
Broward Ferret Rescue and Referral, but
gave that up to become a full-time foster
parent in 2003. She is on the worship team
and involved in the music ministry at Calvary
Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Rick, Carin, and Angelina Uli
Walter Wolff, '82, received his Ed.D. degree
in child and youth studies, specializing
in special education. His wife, Mandy
(Ridgeway), '83, Wolff 'is a guidance
counselor at a Christian school in Rock Hill,
S.C, where their boys Randall, 7, and Waken
1 3, attend. They would love to hear from
friends at wwolfF@rock-hiILkl2.sc. us.
Val (Krueger), '83x, Colvin and her
husband, Steve, sponsored a "little" country
fair on their farm near Dayton, Tenn., in
August. They expected about 1 00 participants,
but some 150 actually attended. The fair
included various contests and exhibits,
and was designed to interest children in
a wide range of traditional activities.
Brad and Ruth (Buckhannon), '84,
Tucker announce the adoption of their first
child, Kay I a Mackenzie Tucker, who was
born July 31, 2004. Brad works for the
Chattanooga, Tenn., police department, and
plans to begin law school next fall. Ruth
runs her own business teaching parenting
classes and is a stay-at-home mom.
Ralph, '84, and Ruth (Iwan), '85,
Rogers live in Bakersfreld, Calif, where
Ralph works as a marriage and family
therapist, and Ruth is busy at home with
their four children. They wrote to say
they enjoyed homecoming very much.
John and Debbie (Barwiek), '87,
Kipps; Kevin and Anna (Culpepper)
Wishard, both '86; and Dave and Kelly
(Kik), '88x, McClelland and their
12 children spent a weekend at Lake of the
Woods near Fredericksburg, Va., this past
summer. This is the second vear in a row the
three families, who live in the Washington,
D.C., area, have had their own alumni reunion.
Celesta (Be achy), '88, and Dennis
Richardson have begun ministry at
a mission church in a culturally divetse
neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska. Their
children, Seth, Elizabeth, and Sara, attend
a Christian school, allowing Celesta to wotk
in the church and be involved in outreach
to adults in the community.
Tatni (Bradford), '89x, Curley writes
to say she is moving toward a new ministry
of Christian counseling. She and her husband,
Ken, live in Covington, Ga.
Trish (Kiney), '90, and Harv Wiletnan
announce the birth of their first child,
Eleanor Marie ("Ella"), on Sept. 24, 2004.
Among her first visitors were her cousins,
Malcolm, Madeline, and Patrick Fary,
children of Tim, '95, and Sarah (Kiney),
'93, Fary, at the Wileman home in
Tom and Mickie (Deavers), '91,
Alexander announce the birth of their
daughter, Sydney Elizabeth, on Aug. 7, 2003.
She weighed 8 lbs,, 2 oz., and was 20 Vz
inches long. Tom and Mickie both work at
the police department in Hagerstown, Md.
Patricia Brown, '91x, and David Golinski
were matried Oct. 15, 2004, in Annapolis,
Md. Patticia is the proud stepmother of
two boys, Michael, 15, and Bryan, 11.
Patticia and David work for the State of
Maryland and live in Glen Burnie, Md.
Alicia (Hill), '93, and Tim Rowe
announce the adoption of their son, Victor,
who was born in Ukraine. Victor is 2 V2.
The Rowe family lives in Louisville, Ky.
Alan Barth, '94x, and Tamara Miller,
'92, were married Sept. 25, 2004.
Eric, '94, and Allison Albright have stepped
into new roles with the Wycliffe team in
Southeast Asia, Eric is the computer manager
and Allison is librarian. This past July, theit
son, jared, celebrated his first birthday.
Yuri Wakabayashi, '97, and George You
were married Sept. 18, 2004, in La Jolla, Calif.
Jessica Ritterbush, '98, completed her
Master of Divinity degree at Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort
Worth, Texas, in May 2004. She is a sixth
grade Bible, math, and history reacher at
Trinity Christian School in Fairfax, Va,
Jeff and Marcy (Whisman) Paulson,
both '98, announce the birth of their first
child, Clara Grace. Clara was born Nov. 17,
2004, weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz., and was
20 '/2 inches long. Marcy is taking a yeat
off from teaching Spanish to elementary
students in Chattanooga, Tenn., where
the family lives.
in August 2004, She works as a regional
manager in the financial underwriting depart-
ment of CIGNA Healthcare in Chattanooga.
Marry and Clara R
Rachel (Diaz), '99x, Karhnak and her
husband, Rob, announce the birth of their
second child, Maria Kathryn. Maria was
born on May 18, 2004, and weighed 7 lbs.,
5 oz. The Karhnaks also have a son, Paul,
and the family recendy relocated to the
Virginia Beach/Hampron Roads area,
Mary Young, '99x, and John Pettit were
married May ) , 2004. They live in Murray, Ky.
Jenny R. Wilson, '99, received her Master's
degree in Business Administrarion from
the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Steve and Keri-Lynn (Lestmann)
Paulson, both '00, announce the birth
of theit second child, Peter Vernon, on
Nov. 12, 2004, Peter weighed 7 pounds, and
was 20 Vz inches long. He joins big sister
Lucy Claire, who turned 1 year old in
December. Steve is database manager for
Bryan College and Keri-Lynn works part-
time at the Bryan library.
Matt, '00, and Laurie (Blanton), '99,
Pierce announce the birth of their daughter,
Ramona Eve, on Nov. 15, 2004. Ramona
made an earlier- than -expected appearance,
which meant Matt and Laurie had to make
a rushed trip from their home in Qom, Iran,
ro Tehran, where the doctor and midwife
were waiting. She actually was born in an
elevator in the hospital. Mother, daughter,
and dad are doing fine.
Matthew and Amy (Griffis), '01x,
McDaniel announce the birrh of their
fitst child, Simon Brooks, on Aug. 4, 2004.
The McDaniel family lives in Garland, Texas,
where Marthew teaches music and guitar at
a Dallas school and serves as a youth pastor
for Wesleyan Bible Church. Amy is enjoying
staying home with Simon. Their email
addresses are neozvem@hDtmail.com and
Chad Snavely, '02, and Kasey Walz were
married Nov. 6, 2004, in Bath, N.Y. They
live in Avoca, N.Y.
Jason, '02, and Allison (Viner), '03,
Wasser announce the birth of their son,
Simon Charles, on Nov. 5, 2004. Simon
weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz., and was 19 '/2 inches
long. Jason is a network administraror for
Bryan's information technology department
and Allison is a stay-at-home mom,
Colin Jaeger, '04, and Alexis Lasseter,
a Bryan student who plans to graduate in
May 2005, were married May 22, 2004,
in Alvin, Texas, Alexis" home rown. They
were honored at a reception in Beachwood,
N.J., near Colin's home,
Melissa Grauman, '04, joined the Bryan
College admissions department as an
admissions counselor in November 2004.
Melissa is rhe daughrer of Benjamin and
Bertha (Combs), '72, Grauman of
Gwendolyn (Gibbs), '36x, Reeves of
Andersonville, Ga., died July 25, 2004,
Archie R. Keffer, '51, of Terre Haute,
Ind„ died Sept. 22, 2004. He is survived
by his wife, Jan, and three children.
Leslie S. Napier, '51, of McDowell, Va.,
died Oct 12, 2004. He is survived by his
wife, Delia (Huck) Napier, '50; daughters
Rebecca (Napier) Mummau, '74x, and
Ruth Starkey; and sons Sammy Napier and
Russell Dubell, '56x, of Jefferson ton, Va.,
died Oct. 22, 2004. He is survived by his
wife, Edna, and two children.
Harold J. Johnson, '59, died Aug. 17,
2004. He is survived by his wife, Louise,
'59, and a son. s£%
faculty and staff
Dr. Steve Barnett, Dr. Jeff Bruehl, Mr. Stefan Gray, Mr. Paul Johnson, Dr. Ruth
Kantzer, and Mr. Earl Reed attended an Appalachian College Association faculty summit
in Abingdon, Va. Mr. Johnson presented a workshop on the use of Flash.
Dr. Paul Baling, Dr. Peter Held, Dr. Doug Kennard, Dr. Dreiv Randle, Dr. Ernie
Ricketts, and Dr. Kurt Wise attended the Evangelical Theological Society and Evangelical
Philosophical Society national meetings in November 2004. Dr. Kennard presented a paper,
"A Philosophy of Humanity: A Functional Philosophical Approach from Biblical Theology,"
at the EPS meeting, and a paper, "Biblical Theology Affecting Systematica," at the ETS
Systematic Theology Study Group meeting. He moderated the Hermeneutics Study Group
at ETS. He also attended the Abingdon Writers Conference, the Institute for Biblical Research
meeting, and a joint meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Sociery of Biblical
Literature, and Society of Christian Philosophers in November. He also has had an article,
"The Security of the Believer," accepted by Hand of Mercy Theological Journal for publication
in the spring of 2005. Dr. Rickets presented a paper, "A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to
Understanding Greek: with special reference to dia," at the ETS New Testament Study Group.
Dr. Clark Rose wrote a story, "Annessa's
Dad," about his daughter's first day of school,
which was published in Frontage Road.
Mr. Travis Stevens and. Mr. Jeremiah
Callihan traveled with the Worldview
Teams in Colorado, Texas, Virginia, and
Georgia this past fall.
Mr. John Stonestrcet spoke at Westover
Christian School in Danville, Va.; at the
ACSI Senior High Leadership Conference
in Lynchburg, Va.; at the Homeschool
Worldview Conference in Moody, Ala.;
at a conference in Sewickle, Pa.; and at
Ft. Bluff Camp in Dayton, Tenn., in November.
& r - Jeff Myers spoke at the Association of Christian Schools International Student Leadership Dr. Mel Wilhoit spent rhree weeks in
Conference in Talladega, Ala., at the Christian Resource Foundation Leadership Academy
in Colorado Spring, Colo,, and at the Christian Home Educators of Colorado Family Day
event in Colorado Springs, all in October 2004. He spoke at the ACSI teacher conference
in Sturbridge, Mass., in November.
Florence, Italy, as part of the Appalachian
College Association's "shadow" program,
observing and participating in an international
studies program in preparation for Bryan's
new international study program in Italy.
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